Bonham Theatre

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  • Bonham Theatre, Fairbury Nebraska

    The Bonham Theater is located 1/2 block north of the Historic Downtown Square in Fairbury on E Street. Built in 1926 by Universal Pictures and a small group of local investors, it was constructed in a time frame from April, 1926 to opening day on Thursday September 28, 1926 where the crowds numbered for the three performances that day to over 3,000 people. The name Bonham is derived from the then cashier of the First National Bank, Luther Bonham, who coordinated the group of local investors to help Universal Pictures build the theater. In its early days it was known as “the showplace of southeast Nebraska.”

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    Bonham Theatre, Fairbury NebraskaBonham Theatre Project

    P.O. Box 202
    Fairbury, NE 68352
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    In the summer of 2012 after 86 years of operation, the Bonham Theater closed. Shortly thereafter, a group of citizens called a meeting and began to organize. A Facebook group was formed and quickly grew to 1,500 members. After a series of meetings, a non-profit organization was formed. The building was been purchased and fund raising is has helped to rehabilitate and reopen the Theatre, preserving this cultural and entertainment venue for generations to come.

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    Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Bonham Theater Project.

    Become A Member

    It is the intention of the Board to raise funds annually for administrative expenses by selling annual memberships to the Bonham Theatre Project for $25.

    FHS Alumni Challenge

    Show your class spirit and support for the Bonham Theatre with a chair dedicated to your graduating class.

    Project 1,000

    The Bonham Theatre Project is seeking 100 individuals to donate $1,000 or more and 1000 individuals to donate $100 or more.

    Chair-ity Campaign

    Stake your claim with an inscription on a chair in the upstairs auditoriums for only $250 per chair.

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    Bonham Theatre Project
    PO Box 202
    Fairbury, NE 68352

    The Bonham Theatre Project is a recognized 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

    In The News...

    Bonham Theatre Project Groundbreaking Ceremony

    Thank you all who attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Bonham Theatre Project on June 27, 2016. The BTP board has volunteered thousands of hours to reopen the Bonham Theatre; we are doing everything in our power to be successful. We thank the many persons who have supported the project by volunteering, by donating, and […]

    Bonham Theatre Project Hires Construction Supervisor/Project Manager

    Bonham Theatre Project has taken another step forward in reopening the downtown theater with the hiring of a construction supervisor/ project manager.  Fairbury native and alum Randy Fisbeck assumed this position last week. Fisbeck will coordinate all work with the building’s architect and consultants, managing all volunteers and contractors on site during the Phase 1 […]

    2016 Blues Festival To Benefit Bonham Theatre Project

    The 3rd annual Winter Blues Festival is scheduled for Saturday, January 23rd, in The Tasting Room, inside Stagecoach Mall in downtown Fairbury. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m., festival will start at 4 p.m. and feature several blues acts, a cash bar and BBQ ribs with all the fixin’s. The festival is co-sponsored by […]

    Rebuilding A Piece Of Southeast Nebraska History

    For 86 years, the Bonham Theatre has been an entertainment staple in Fairbury, Nebraska. Known in its earlier days as ‘the showplace of Southeast Nebraska’, the theatre opened in 1926 as a vaudeville stage and movie theatre and has since drawn residents from Fairbury, Jefferson County and surrounding areas such as Northern Kansas. So when […]

    First National Bank Donates $10,000 to Bonham Theatre Project

    Neighbors helping neighbors definitely describes the continued generosity of The First National Bank-Fairbury and the Pfaff family with their recent $10,000 contribution to the Bonham Theatre Project.  As supporters of the Bonham Theatre Project from its inception, this $10,000 donation completes the $50,000 matching grant from The Sherwood Foundation, which was offered to BTP in […]

    $225,000 awarded for Bonham Theatre Project in Fairbury

    The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded the City of Fairbury with $225,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding in the Tourism Development category to renovate the Bonham Theatre. In turn, the City will award the funding to the Bonham Theatre Project (BTP), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that has secured financial support […]

    Union Bank & Trust Donates $10,000 to Bonham Theatre Project

    Union Bank & Trust donated $10,000 to assist the revitalization efforts of the historic Bonham Theatre.  The funds, which will be disbursed over a 2 year period, will help the non-profit group reach their fundraising milestone to begin renovations. “Fairbury has a rich history, and the Bonham Theatre is a key part of that” said […]

    Best Choice Save-A-Label Program Benefits Bonham Theatre

    Ray’s Apple Market in Fairbury and Best Choice products now make it easier than ever to donate to the Bonham Theatre Project. Fundraising for The Bonham Theatre Project is easy, thanks to the Best Choice label program. Already, more than 11,000 groups are cashing in, using the Save-A-Label program. The Save-A-Label program is an extremely […]

    Westin Packaged Meats Donates $5K To Bonham Theatre Project

    Westin Packaged Meats of Fairbury announced this week that it will donate $5,000 to the Bonham Theatre Project (BTP) as part of their ongoing commitment to the project. Westin Packaged Meats is a subsidiary of Westin Foods, an industry leader in the production of bacon bits, with two plants located in Fairbury.  According to Ron […]

    Bonham Theatre Project Announces Donor Tax Credit

    For the Bonham Theatre Project, good news arrived recently with two significant monetary plans, which will help generate fundraising momentum to renovate the historic Bonham Theatre in downtown Fairbury. Bonham Theatre Project has received approval from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development  (DED) for qualification of the renovation of the Bonham Theatre under the Community […]

    Boham Theatre Project Recieves Matching Contributions

    Bonham Theatre Project is the recent beneficiary of a combined $5,000 donation from Brian and Sabina Coordsen and Phillips 66.  The Coordsens contributed $2,500, which was matched by Brian’s employer, Phillips 66. “My wife and I grew up in and around Fairbury and we went to many movies at the Bonham,” said Brian.  “We’ve also […]

    Bonham Theatre Project Announces Results of Community Survey

    In March, 2013, the Bonham Theatre Project Board of Directors contacted the UNK Center for Rural Research & Development (CRRD) about conducting a community survey in Fairbury and the surrounding area. The Board drafted some key project planning and development issues regarding community needs and market feasibility for the rehabilitation of Fairbury’s historic movie theater. […]

    Bonham Theatre Project Board of Directors Wins Community Service Award

    Presented by The Fairbury Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors at the Annual Chamber Banquet, held at the Fairbury Elks Lodge on Friday, Feb 6th, 2014. Author: lena

    Bonham Theatre Project Raises Over $3K At Bowls For Bonham Event

    Bonham Theatre Project volunteer Susie Patton of Fairbury helped serve soup and sandwiches to over 150 attendees at the “Bowls For Bonham” soup and sandwich luncheon sponsored by Bonham Theatre Project. Supplemental funding was provided by Thrivent Financial. For more information log on to Author: lena

    Bowls For Bonham Raises $1,500

    The 2nd annual Bowls For Bonham Soup Luncheon was held this past Sunday in the Tasting Room in downtown Fairbury. More than 125 people attended the event and over $1,500 was raised, according to treasurer, Debby Ebke. A fundraiser for the Bonham Theatre Project, the Bowls For Bonham event featured specially-designed bowls made by nationally-known […]

    Blues Festival Nets Over $2K for Bonham Theatre Project

    Blues fans came together for the first-ever Winter Blues Festival to raise money for the Bonham Theatre Project in Fairbury. According to Debby Ebke, Bonham Theatre Project treasurer, more than $2,000 was raised to assist the Bonham Theatre Project with efforts to renovate and reopen the 88-year old movie theatre, located in the downtown historic […]

    Class of ’63 Issues Challenge To Benefit Bonham Theatre

    The Class of 1963 held their 50 year reunion August 9-11.  As a part of their Saturday night meal they held a silent auction to raise money in honor of deceased classmates.  The funds were then donated to Bonham Theatre Project.  Board member Gene Thomas graduated in 1963 and attended the event and promoted awareness […]

    Pizza Hut Plans Bonham Theatre “Fun”raiser Aug 5th

    The Fairbury Pizza Hut will be hosting a “fun”raiser event to benefit the Bonham Theatre Project on Monday, August 5th from 4 – 9 p.m. That evening, the Fairbury Pizza Hut will donate 20% of sales to the Bonham Theatre Project’s Capital Campaign to raise funds for the restoration of Fairbury’s historic movie theatre. According […]

    McDonald’s Plans Fundraiser For Bonham Theatre Project June 25

    The Fairbury McDonald’s Restaurant will be hosting a fundraising event to benefit the Bonham Theatre Project on Tuesday, June 25th. On that day, the Fairbury McDonald’s Restaurant will donate 10% of sales to the Bonham Theatre Project’s Capital Campaign to raise funds for the restoration of Fairbury’s historic movie theatre. The Fairbury McDonald’s Restaurant opens […]

    Don Burton’s Memories Of The Bonham Theatre (as told to Debby Ebke on Friday May 24, 2013)

    Don Burton lived in Fairbury with his single mother and older sister Dorothy between 1936 and 1942.  For the first couple of years his mother owned and operated the Carmel Corn shop located in the corner lot north of the Bonham Theatre.  Don and Dorothy (labeled by their mother as the “popcorn kids”) sold popcorn […]

    Runza Restaurant Donates $1,148.75 to Bonham Theatre Project

    Runza donated 25 percent of one day’s sales in their Fairbury store to assist the fundraising efforts of the Bonham Theatre Project. Presenting the $1,148.75 raised that day to the members of the Bonham Theatre Project are Fairbury Runza Manager Tiah Berkness and Runza’s corporate Director of Marketing Becky Perrett. Photo by Jim Headley Author: […]

    Runza Restaurant Plans Fundraiser For Bonham Theatre Project

    The Fairbury Runza Restaurant will be hosting a fundraising event to benefit the Bonham Theatre Project on Tuesday, March 12th. On that day, the Fairbury Runza Restaurant will donate 25% of sales to the Bonham Theatre Project’s Capital Campaign to raise funds for the restoration of Fairbury’s historic movie theatre. The Fairbury Runza Restaurant opens […]

    Bonham Theatre Project Plans May 3rd Fundraiser

    The Bonham Theatre Project is planning its next fundraiser entitled, “Memories of the Bonham.” The event is planned for Friday, May 3rd from 7 – 10 p.m. at the Fairbury Elks Club at 525 G Street in downtown Fairbury.  The event will feature the music of The Kramer Sisters, a musical variety group performing classic […]

    Bonham Theatre Project Draws Nationwide Support

    Efforts to save the historic Bonham Theatre in downtown Fairbury continue to draw the attention of movie-goers, historians and charity organizations across the nation. Bonham Theatre Project treasurer Debby Ebke reports that donations have come from as far away as Arizona, Georgia, Missouri, Washington, Texas and Illinois. Men and women, young and old have sent […]

    Bonham Theatre Project Wins “Jackpot” at Annual Chamber Banquet

    The Bonham Theatre Project came away a winner at the Fairbury Chamber of Commerce annual banquet held on February 1st.  During the live charity auction, a “money globe” donated by First National Bank was purchased by Riverside Chevrolet. The globe contained $248 to which another $200 was added as a “bonus spin” courtesy of Tiffany […]

    Bonham Theatre Project Receives Pledge Valued at $150K

    The Bonham Theatre Project has received a pledge from Save America’s Cinemas for digital equipment, valued at approximately $150,000. Save America’s Cinemas (SAC)  is a non-profit organization founded by a collection of actors, movie directors, producers and screenwriters whose mission is to save the 3,000+ small market movie houses forced to close because of the […]

    Local Group Buys Bonham Theater

    Now, the dream can begin. Friday morning Deb Ebke entered the one and only bid to purchase the Bonham Theater at public auction as she represented the Bonham Theater Project. No one but Ebke, the Project’s treasurer, even registered to bid at the foreclosure auction to purchase the Bonham, so it sold to the community […]

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